frequently asked questions
Is my session really free?
- Yes! Sessions are completely free, requiring only a $50 deposit and a signed contract to secure your date and time. Deposits are 100% refundable upon completion of your portrait session. 2 to 4 weeks after your shoot, you'll receive an online photo gallery containing 20+ images where you'll only pay for the images you want! (additional travel fees may apply for shoot locations 30+ miles outside of Alameda, Ca.)
How long will my portrait session be?
- Portrait sessions are 30 minutes. During that time we will have tons of fun capturing you at your best. Feel free to bring as many outfits, props, or other interesting items along with you to your shoot.
We want this experience to be a one-of-a-kind memory that you'll never forget.
What if I don't buy any photos?
- We've never had that happen before, but it is completely your choice on whether you choose to buy photos or not. However, if you decide to change your mind, your photo gallery will remain available for 14 days after it has been posted. So, you'll have plenty of time to make that decision.
How do I book my session?
- Please complete your booking by filling out our form. We book as far out in advance as necessary.
How many people can be apart of my session?
- There is a 3 person limit to portrait sessions. With only having 30 minutes we want to make sure we capture everyone in their entirety without the session feeling rushed. If you'd like additional people to participate, a fee of $45 will be charged per every 3 extra people. You will also receive an additional half-hour for every $45 paid. (This additional fee is non-refundable.)
What should I wear?
- For tips and tricks on what to wear click here!
What should I bring?
- Most sessions are outdoors, so make sure you bring seasonally appropriate things so that you’re comfortable! We always recommend bringing water to stay hydrated, sunblock to protect your skin, and perhaps a snack to keep you energized. Most importantly, bring your fabulous self!
What happens if I'm running late?
- We strongly recommend planning to arrive 10-15 minutes early to accommodate any transportation issues, parking issues, wardrobe malfunctions, etc. If you are running late, please call or text us immediately to let us know.
If you're more than 15 minutes late, you will be charged a $25 penalty. We will work for the remainder of your allotted session time and, subject to our schedule, we can extend if there's availability. Please note, an extension is not guaranteed.
If you're more than 25 minutes late, you will be considered a no-show and thus lose your entire $50 deposit. Depending on schedule and availability, you may still have a shoot, but it is not guaranteed.
To cancel your session and receive a refund of your $50 deposit, 1 weeks notice is required and appreciated.
What if the weather is bad?
- We work rain or shine and can make the most of any weather condition. However, the choice is yours on whether we shoot or not. If you decide not to continue with the shoot as planned then we can reschedule for the next available date and time.
In the case of severe weather, we will proactively reschedule your session out of consideration for everyone's health and safety!
What can I expect after my session?
- As soon as your session is over, we transfer your photos onto our computer, with double backup, and begin editing. Our goal is to give you natural, timeless photography that captures your unique personality. That means that through the editing process, our goal is to make your photos look as natural as possible while still making you look 110% your best.
It takes about 2-4 weeks to edit and prepare your gallery. Once your gallery is complete, we will schedule an optional "home gallery" viewing, where I will come to your home and reveal your gallery on a 27 inch, 4k retina screen so that you can see the true nature and high quality of your images.
*Due to COVID-19, home gallery viewing sessions have been temporarily suspended until further notice.*
We want you to look back at your photos in 50 years and be just as impressed with them as you are now. We strive to make your experience with TJ Hunter Photography as easy as possible. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don't hesitate to get in touch. We are always happy to help!